The Allotment Pre Plan

If the press are to be believed today is ‘blue Monday’.  On such a glorious day? Really? You’ve got to love a media construct, designed no doubt to make us all feel a little bit worse about things than we should.  So I’m putting it out there that I love January.


As a gardener it’s the time that I think Winter is firmly on it’s way out and I can start planning properly for the new season, well pre planning that is, because before I start to firm things up I want to consider some principles.

Time – How much time am I prepared to devote to the plot and the particular crops that I grow.

Quality – Some crops will hands down beat anything that might be found in a supermarket. My particular favourites being sweetcorn, broad beans and peas.

Value – In relation to effort, space, time etc. some things just don’t warrant our time.  Things like herbs and flowers that are costly to buy are, however, a very different story.

Space – Less of a consideration for us this year, but I’m still not keen to grow main crop potatoes or onions preferring to give the room over to other things.

So that’s my pre plan and on this very gorgeous day I’d love to hear all about yours.

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2 Responses to “The Allotment Pre Plan”

  1. Anna January 21, 2015 @ 7:41 pm (#)

    Oh yes indeed January sees some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s always February for some reason that’s a struggle for me. Our preplans sounds very similar with my emphasis being on time. I am looking at perhaps at more direct sowing,  not growing nearly all my crops from seed and generally growing less. I still hope to have much fun though.

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — January 21st, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

      I do think that there’s satisfaction to be had from growing less but doing it well.  We’ve definitely accepted that some things just don’t work on the plot for whatever reason.

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